In this corner of the main living room, the white expanse of the walls and flooring are a perfect backdrop for the honeyed, mellow tone and tactile beauty of natural teak. Supported by two ivory pedestals, the ‘wall unit’ is a contemporary showcase for two pieces of primitive art, which flank a contemporary painting. In the foreground a slim sheet of teak rests on contrasting stainless steel supports on an old Bornean mat.
The guest bedroom, discreetly set apart from the main house, offers the same feel of boundless space and light as the other living areas. BALI HOUSE INTERIOR DESIGN Here, a typical Chinese style bed unit is furnished with a slim mattress and soft hangings of natural fabric, silk cushions and lamp. Complementing the bed are a dark wood colonial table, an old, oriental lounge chair and a primitive stool. Completing the composition are the square form of a rich red carpet and a contemporary painting.
A sleek lawn and the sinuous majesty of palm trees produce amazing light and shadow effects, an unusual yet ideal garden setting for an art collection. In the foreground is a huge, time-worn vat in soft stone, once used for the traditional dyeing of textiles, now a captivating water garden.
The garden setting is perfect for the collection of unusual, ancient wood and stone artworks, which seem so well ensconced they appear to spring, uncannily, from nature itself. The sense of space and light appears to develop as one continues to observe the scene, such that the aged artworks curiously evolve into pure abstract art to become examples of the ultra modern: they belong to the present time.
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